Full Sail founder looks to bring Storyville Coffee concept to Winter Park

The Seattle-based company owned by Jon Phelps also occupies a spot at Pike Place Market

May 17, 2024

By Beth Kassab

A founder of Full Sail University is seeking approval to develop a three-story building just off Park Avenue to be anchored by Storyville Coffee, a concept he started on the west coast.

Jon Phelps, who declined to be interviewed for this story through Zane Williams of Z Properties, a design-build company, started Storyville Coffee and operates a mail business and two locations, according to the company’s website. 

The coffee shop will occupy the first floor for the building proposed at 111 S. Knowles Avenue, which is owned by a corporation with the same address as Full Sail.

City commissioners will consider the 11,289-square-foot project on Wednesday. The second floor would contain office space and the third floor would serve as a residence.

Storyville Coffee was mentioned last year in the Seattle Times for serving the city’s most expensive latte at $8.50 — or $10.37 after tax and a $1 tip is included.

The story said the coffee concept was founded in 2006 by a group associated with the Seattle-area evangelical megachurch Mars Hill, which was disbanded in 2015. Phelps served as a member of Mars Hill’s board. He is the manager of Storyville Coffee, which filed with the Florida Division of Corporations in 2009 and also lists the same address as Full Sail, according to documents on the division’s site.

The development is proposing 14 parking spaces, which would accommodate both the commercial and residential uses, according to a city staff memorandum. The parking is in line with what was offered by the previous tenant at the property the Imperial at Washburn Imports.

Staff is recommending that the proposed tenant and any future tenants comply with the city’s noise ordinance, including no outdoor speakers or live entertainment on the patio.

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